Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

November 10, 2009 21:20 ET

Forcing a Work Stoppage Is Not Only Unnecessary It Is Wrong-CAS Midnight Strike/Lockout Deadline Looms

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - Union negotiators for Children's Aid Society workers in Burk's Falls, Parry Sound and North Bay refuse to stop trying to reach a negotiated contract settlement even as the midnight strike/lockout, triggered by their employer, looms only hours away, CUPE spokespersons said tonight.

"We're not giving up, but after 12 straight hours at the bargaining table with little progress we're asking ourselves the question / is the Employer just winding down the clock?" CUPE Local 2049 President Christine Allard reported at 9:00pm tonight from the bargaining site at North Bay's Clarion Hotel.

"Forcing a work stoppage is not only unnecessary it is wrong", Allard said. "Protecting children should be the priority. Going after the provincial government to get the resources necessary to keep kids safe not going after workers should be the employers focus"

"Other employers across Ontario have settled contracts with their workers, and we're here and ready to do the same." says Allard.

Contract bargaining between CUPE and the Nipissing and Parry Sound Children's Aid Society began in May. CUPE says it was due to the employer's initiative that a Ministry of Labour determined strike/lockout date was set for midnight November 10.

CUPE Local 2049 represents 125 front line workers, closed custody facility workers and support staff at Nipissing and Parry Sound Children's Aid Society with offices in North Bay, Parry Sound and Burks Falls.

Contact Information

  • CUPE 2049
    Christine Allard
    705-358-5887 (cell)
    CUPE Communications
    Chris Watson